The Pittsburg High School Theatre Department will begin a three-night showing of the play “Our Town” at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the high school auditorium.

The play is directed by Greg Shaw, who sees the simple message of “Our Town” as something powerful and something everyone can relate to.

“The whole message of the play is to slow down and value those things that are really important,” Shaw said.

The play “Our Town” is a Pulitzer-Prize winning piece, written by Thornton Wilder. The play’s setting is in a fictitious town of 3,000 people in New Hampshire during the early 1900s, pre WWI.

There are 17 cast members and 20 more on the technical team. The three act play — daily life, love and marriage, death — will run about two hours. There will be 10 minute intermissions between each act.

The narrator introduces many of character and gives a fuller picture of them to the audience. The narrator also gives context, allowing the play to run through the course of two young lives, who later get married and then deal with death when the wife, Emily, dies while giving birth.

“It’s not just from one person’s perspective, but how it affects the family, how it affects the community,” Shaw said. “It’s really an all encompassing deal.”

Emily is played by junior Lydia Winters, who said the hardest thing about playing Emily is the character’s timid nature.

In the play, Emily’s husband, George, is played by senior Jack Warring, who said comparing to the small, fictitious town in the play has been the easiest transition into his role.

“My dad lives in a way small town in south Kansas called Sedan,” Warring said. “It’s a lot smaller than Pittsburg ... I think it’s a nice comparison to think, ‘Hey, I am in Sedan where everyone knows everyone.’”

The play uses few props, which the director said helps the audience focus on what the characters are saying.

“It’s not all bells and whistles,” Shaw said.

The play will be at PHS Auditorium, 1978 E. Fourth Street, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets are available at the door, $5 for students and $7 for adults.

- Michael Stavola is a staff writer for The Morning Sun. He can be emailed at mstavola@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @MichaelStavola1